David created the “Thank You Hillary” stack. We interviewed him on the his motivation and process.
Tell me a little bit about yourself, your background, why you are interested in politics.
I’m a graduate student in Media Studies at The New School, currently in my final semester. Last year, I interned for the Clinton campaign: I wrote and edited blog posts for the campaign website. More recently, I was a content intern at Sesame Street, where I helped the US Social Impact team develop interactive educational materials for children in low-income communities.
It’s hard not to be interested in politics when you consider what’s at stake. Politicians make decisions on all aspects of our lives. As citizens in a democracy, we have the power to hold politicians accountable and ensure they’re working in our best interests. So it’s our responsibility to stay informed and engaged, not just in federal politics but also in state and local politics.
Why you volunteered for the Clinton campaign?
When I got the offer to intern for the Clinton campaign, I knew it would be an extraordinary opportunity. Working at the campaign headquarters, I saw firsthand how a presidential campaign operated. I also used my writing and editing skills to discuss issues affecting Americans’ lives, like equal pay, LGBTQ rights, and college affordability.
Most importantly, I believed that Secretary Clinton was the best choice to lead our country forward. Of all the candidates, she was the most experienced and intelligent. And I strongly believed in her pragmatic approach to instituting progressive change. She’s inspired millions of Americans, and I’m proud to count myself as one of them.
What made you want to start this Thank You Hillary Project? Why are you doing it?
Like so many of us, I was stunned and devastated after election night. As awful as I felt, I couldn’t even imagine how painful it was for Secretary Clinton, having lost her second presidential campaign when victory seemed all but certain both times. Yet she handled what had to be an excruciating loss with such grace and dignity: even in defeat, she continued to inspire.
I can’t fathom what it’s like to lose a presidential election, but if I were in the Secretary’s position, I’d like to know that I was loved and appreciated. I’d like to know that my decades of service made an impact on people’s lives. Also, in this climate of fear and anger and uncertainty, I wanted to bring people together to create something positive and uplifting.
How has the experience been collecting these videos?
It’s been life-affirming, to say the least. After the election, I felt totally demoralized. But hearing people express their admiration for Secretary Clinton and their determination to keep fighting has renewed my hope for this country’s future.
It’s during our darkest moments that our best qualities come out, and Americans are standing up and making their voices heard like never before. The campaign may be over, but our values of equality, acceptance, and kindness still endure.
What’s next? Do you plan on staying policy active?
My priorities are completing my master’s degree and finding a full-time job. But I’d still like to stay politically active: I’m tremendously inspired by all the people who are fighting the injustices of the new administration—and, like my hero Hillary Clinton, I plan to keep fighting.